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CORRESPONDENCE NOV-DEC 04
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
I spent time in NYC a few years ago now, and it’s been a love affair I can't seem to forget. This is great - nothing like geographical promiscuity with the two places I feel are the most important to me, yet I live in neither!

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
I have always loved the idea of NZEdge.....and your latest iteration has all the hallmarks of a classic concept. Powerful but simple..NY/NZ.  Like all classics it's one of those "why did it take so long to think of that!"  It's obvious. We offer each other totally opposite and therefore totally complementary things. Every best wish promoting NZ/NY....by the way it's gotta have a teeshirt...or three !

NEW YORK, USA
Great idea... interested to see how it develops.

EREWHON, NEW ZEALAND
From The Bridge - Hart Crane -
But that star-glistered salver of infinity, The circle, blind crucible of endless space, Is sluiced by motion, - subjugated never.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
I was born and brought up in NYC, of New Zealand parents, and returned in 1983. I live in Auckland. I have always felt there was an incredible synergy with both places and having been registered as a New Zealander when I was born have always felt part of here as well as there and this sits very comfortably! Good luck with the project! Cheers.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Kiwi living in Sydney - spent a month in Manhattan Dec 03. What a treat to experience NYC from the inside, as a participant, not just a tourist..and met some of those Kiwis doing so much in New York ...they are why the centre is meeting the edge! I will watch this site's evolvement with great interest. Good luck!

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND
Love your concept re NZNY. I lived in Manhattan for 2 years a while back and now travel there every 6 weeks. Ecoglo is engaged in a fun, ambitious campaign to corner a brand new safety market in the Big Apple.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
As a declared lover of NYC - am very very interested! My dream - to be licensing our exercise/wellness programme based on indigenous (Pacific including Maori) movement, stories, music & language in NYC (and the rest of it).

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA
Great concept, love your work. I look forward to (which I believe will happen in my life time) the center looking to the edge for a real sense of the real life.

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, USA
Geographical location does not link places together. Rather it is the souls and history and ethos of a place that links it to other places. Virginia in many ways is further away from New York than New Zealand is!


 

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
Love the idea of combining my two most favourite places in the world.

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND
Excellent concept. Look forward to seeing what develops.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
Great idea Brian! Maybe NYC should be the first site for my kai foodstore experience!

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
I have been working in NZ furniture design for the past 3 years. We exhibited at the annual ICFF in May of this year which is fast becoming NY's big design oriented week. We definitely received a very warm and enthusiastic response during our brief time in NY and there certainly seems to be a genuine love for all things kiwi there. We are now looking to next year and formulating plans for a really exciting showcase of some of the best design to come from NZ. We would love to be kept up to date with developments from NYNZ, plans you have for highlighting NZ in NY in the future, thoughts or advice you may have and even any NY contacts who may be worth targeting for our May event. We are looking for all the support and assistance we can muster to make the best of this wonderful opportunity!

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
I am a long-time fan of NZEDGE. I remember first stumbling across one of Kevin's speech on the internet in 1998. It inspired me so much I sat down and started to develop a rudimentary strategy to popularise the concept. Unfortunately this resulted in no action on my behalf, and this is what I want to try and remedy now.

I am passionate about cultural and leadership studies, in both the New Zealand and international context. I have very nearly completed my master's thesis which examines Maori and Pakeha leadership style (difference, similarities, and implications). Despite my passion for leadership, I keep coming back to New Zealand's search for a national identity. It seems to me, and to others whom I have been chatting, to be one of the most important issues facing contemporary New Zealand. I believe you, Kevin, and the others involved in NZEDGE are making a very powerful contribution to this.

Your extension of the NZEDGE metaphor to NYNZ is grand. While I have never been to New York I have heard it is an exceptional city in most senses of the word, and an exciting comparison for New Zealanders. I am very much looking forward to developing my own perceptions of the NYNZ metaphor.

 


 

EDGE MEETS CENTER
When Kevin Roberts and I deduced the edge metaphor for New Zealand seven years ago and conceived a global network of New Zealanders http://www.nzedge.com, I wrote a side note about the relationship between edge and center. The theory stems from biology - roughly, that change initiates at the sparsely populated edge of a species, before feeding the center. Other observations kicked in: pattern recognition - NYNZ next to each other in a series of 676 alphabetical combinations starting with AA and ending with ZZ. Look in the index of the atlas and see the proximity of New York and New Zealand; sort of like kissing cousins. And in 1642 the Dutch were busy establishing New Amsterdam - and naming New Zealand. And just this year, Russell Shorto published a history of Manhattan - "The Island at the Center of the World." A history of New Zealand I would write would be called "The Islands at the Edge of the Earth."

So where is this circumstantial riff leading? Seven weeks into a stay in New York, between watching Presidential debates, back-to-back episodes of Law & Order and the NPC final live on Fox, I've been mulling about the umbilical link between this city and our country. Every time I see the Empire State

Building I'm reminded of the filming of King Kong happening right now in Miramar Wellington. A few thousand New Zealanders in Manhattan are active and inspirational in art, music, design, style, business innovation and finance. The global New Zealand professional network, KEA (Kiwi Expats Assoc) instigated by Stephen Tindall and David Teece http://www.keanetwork.org launched very successfully in New York last week at the Gordon/ Hansen/Famerie restaurant Public http://www.public-nyc.com.

I learnt many years ago that in storytelling, you have to be geographically specific, which is why I've opened a new website nynz.com to put a stake in the ground to say that New York is the location on which we should focus our commercial and creative outreach for the next decade. New Yorkers appear to love the idea of New Zealand, and an influential number are putting serious investments into the country. I don't know yet how nynz.com will develop beyond this single page that simply says that the idea of the edge/center nexus is meant to be. Stay tuned (and leave your comments and ideas).

Brian Sweeney, producer
nynz.com brian@nynz.com
2 November 2004